Drug gang jailed for over 21 years – Portsmouth

Wed 06th, Dec

Drug gang jailed for over 21 years – Portsmouth

A gang of drug dealers have received a combined sentence of over 21-years imprisonment following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

The group, consisting of three men and a woman, were jailed on Monday (4/12) at Portsmouth Crown Court:

  • Michael Baldry, 50-years-old, of Chelmsford Road, Portsmouth pleaded guilty to one count of being concerned in supply of class A drugs (cocaine) and was sentenced to six years imprisonment; and one count of attempting to import class B drugs (cannabis) and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment to run consecutively; which is a total of seven years imprisonment.

  • Kevin Lovell, 55-years-old, of Goodymoor Avenue, Wells, Somerset, pleaded guilty to one count of importation of class A drugs (cocaine) and was sentenced to six years and eight months imprisonment; one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and sentenced to six years and eight months imprisonment to run concurrently; one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (cocaine) and sentenced to two years imprisonment to run concurrently; and one count of having cash which was a proceed of crime and sentenced to one year imprisonment to run concurrently; which is a total of nine years and eight months imprisonment.

  • Gary Goodeve, 55-year-old, of Drayton Lane, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment; and one count of possession with intent to supply class B drugs (cannabis) and sentenced to one year and three months imprisonment to run consecutively; which is a total of six years and seven months imprisonment.

  • Louise Goodeve, 52-year-old, of Drayton Lane, Portsmouth, was found guilty by majority verdict, on 22 September at Portsmouth Crown Court, of one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and sentenced on Monday (4/12) to two years and six months imprisonment.

In February officers stopped a vehicle on the M27 in Hampshire which Kevin Lovell was driving and found £16,000 which had been hidden within the vehicle. A further search of the vehicle found half a kilo of cocaine.

Further investigation revealed that the cocaine had been arranged to be delivered to an address in Portsmouth which belonged to husband and wife Gary and Louise Goodeve.

Detectives from SEROCU conducted a search of the property in Portsmouth in which they found one kilo of cocaine hidden in the garage, alongside 39 bars of cannabis resin and other drug paraphernalia involved in the supply of drugs.

SEROCU’s Investigations team identified that the cocaine had been imported into the UK via Spain. On 29 March 2017 detectives arrested Michael Baldry at Luton Airport as he attempted to fly out the country. It was identified that, between 14 March to 18 March 2017, Michael Baldry had attempted to arrange the importation of cannabis from Spain into the UK.

Detective Inspector Neil Cripps, from SEROCU’s Investigations team, said: “The sentences send out a clear message to anyone involved in the importation and supply of drugs; you will be identified and brought before the courts.

“The total street value of cocaine recovered was valued at £300,000, with the cannabis being valued at £97,000.

“This gang thought they would be able to conduct their criminal enterprise without being detected, however the comprehensive case that was brought together meant that they were left with limited options but to plead guilty.

“Louise Goodeye chose to put the case to the jury, however they saw past her claims of not knowing anything and she was also found guilty.

“We will continue to target criminals who operate within the South East region and use our full capabilities to stop them.”

Gary Goodeve Louise GOODEVE Michael BALDRY Kevin LOVELL